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Country Roads

Rural entertainment has picked up on the Schlaefli farmstead. A few days ago our neighbor turned his cow-calf herd out in the field directly across the road from our house. The cows seem content as there is plenty to eat as they are stationed in a...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 4, 2024

Editor's Notebook

There are things about my memories that I don’t understand. In recent days I have been researching the history of two Commercial Avenue buildings, the former Carnegie Public Library building at Fourth and Commercial and the former Masonic Lodge b...

 

Puffs

THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THE BAD NEWS IS NOT THE ONLY NEWS I introduced you to the phrase above last week. I did not come up with the format of the phrase, I just came across it recently and wanted all of you to have an understanding of it before the...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    April 4, 2024

Love my crazy life

I completely overdid this weekend and have myself feeling like crud again. We were hosting Easter dinner, and the dust bunnies were beginning to get somewhat aggressive. The last thing I wanted was to serve mashed potatoes a’la’cat hair, so I sta... Full story

 

Not Exactly a Pony

As a young lad my father always wanted a pony. The family owned a summer house on the ocean with a fair–sized lot. The lot was at the edge of town with a sheep farm across the road from the house and a large field beside it. The main problem with hav...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: If the Bible is true then how come there are so many different perspectives on what it really teaches? How can I tell who’s right? A: Let’s begin by stating that there is only one completely right interpretation of Scripture, and it is the one...

 

Country Roads

Our calendars are telling us that spring arrived a week ago and Easter is just a few days away, but Tuesday morning as I looked outside, it didn’t look like spring or Easter. Blowing snow arrived late Monday afternoon and in our farm yard, three i...

 

Editor's Notebook

Last week’s entries in this space about the building of the Simic roller skating rink caused readers to ask about previous roller skating rinks. I don’t have the answers to all their questions but here is some information I gathered from the new...

 

Rag Top

We have been talking about ways to keep a car cool in the hot weather before air conditioning came into use. Of course, the easiest way to feel the breeze was to own a convertible (often known as a “Rag Top”) because it had a cover which could be...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: Is it sinful to have doubts or questions about God? If so, how can I get rid of them? A: It is not sinful to have doubts or questions about God. There are far too many examples in Scripture of godly believers sharing their struggles with God and...

 

Puffs

I’ve watched my share of basketball lately, most of it being high school and college action. Last week, as I was watching the Cornhuskers play, a thought came to mind after watching those “big” men bump into each other. Many years ago, I remem...

 

Love My Crazy Life

I was hoping to avoid the spring crud that I typically get this time of year, but unfortunately, it found me. I was feeling tired and run down for several days. Then over the weekend into Monday, I was having dizzy spells and had an upset tummy. I’m...

 

Country Roads

This week I attended a memorial service honoring a fellow club member and friend of my mother’s. As her obituary was read, it was said she was a member of the Young Matron’s Club. Chuckles went up from those in attendance as a remark was made abo... Full story

 

Editor's Notebook

Good to see a group of volunteers taking hold of the Simic Skating Rink and working hard to reopen it. Community volunteers have done wonders with the Superior Auditorium and the Crest Theatre. Hopefully, the Simic volunteers will have the same kind...

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: Where in the Bible does it talk about how to be more patient? A: Let me approach the topic of patience by beginning with it’s opposites: impatience and frustration. We often approach life with an expectation of how things ought to be. When t...

 

Puffs

It was quite the weekend, on many items of interest. First off, the weekend included the fund raising “Dueling Pianos” at the American Legion Hall. The small group of citizens on the Community Building Committee did a lot of work in bringing the ent... Full story

 

Love my crazy life

Jacob and Jessica are getting married in a little more than six weeks. I don’t know much about the wedding plans, as I’m the mother of the bridegroom, and the boys don’t tell me anything… unless there is a problem. So for now I am resting easy, knowi...

 

Country Roads

It was an unusual 76 degree day Monday and my hubby and I decided to head to the farmstead I grew up on. My cousin had called me earlier in the day and said we needed to come to the home pasture to see the new calves and the first calf heifers when...

 

Editorʼs Notebook

There is both good news and bad news to report this week. The good news to report this week is the owners of the Agrex Elevator would like to expand and that is also the bad news. The elevator company would like to purchase an acreage near First and...

 

Community

My mother-in-law was raised on a farm. Like many farm girls, she headed for the big city as soon as she was old enough. By the late 1950s, life had not turned out quite as she planned. She returned to her old neighborhood; a single mom with four...

 

Puffs

Legislators, both federal and state are often condemned for the way they vote. Some times they are praised, but it depends on the issue, the time and place. I’ve read and heard and at times have also made remarks less than flattering at the people i...

 

Love my crazy life

Is it just me or does everyone get tired of trying to figure out what’s for supper every night of the week? Why is it such a daunting task? Sometimes I think to myself, do we really need to eat? I mean I have at least two weeks stored up around my w...

 

Country Roads

Currently politics is front and center in many people’s thoughts as this country prepares for the upcoming Presidential election. It seems that over the years, politics and the elections have become more torrid, verbal and targeted. It wasn’t always...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    March 11, 2024 

Editorʼs Notebook

Volunteers worked thoughout the day Friday at the Superior Auditorium installing a large screen and projection system which the Ideal Market crew wanted to use at their appreciation supper starting at 5 p.m. One man was on a scissors lift near the... Full story

 

Ask a Pastor Column

Q: Some Bible passages tell us to ‘pester’ God with our prayers, others say that we should avoid vain repetition and just have faith; what gives? How often should we ask God for what we want? A: First let me say that it’s normal to see a tensi...

 

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